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Punk Rock Guitar Hero James Williamson Of The Stooges Revisits Lost Classics On New Album

Though he’s hardly a household name, to fans and followers, Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson’s contribution to music is equal to any of his more famous contemporaries. His guitar playing on the band’s cataclysmic third album, Raw Power, a combination of furiously down-stroked power chords and sputtering, vicious leads, created the punk rock guitar style which has echoed down through the ages in the music of the Ramones, Black Flag, and all their cantankerous progeny.  Like Tony Iommi in heavy metal, his actual sound is as important as what he played, an aggressive, high-end, overdriven roar, with little recorded precedent. When you think of the sound of punk rock, real punk rock, what you hear is the sound he created in 1973 by plugging his Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar into a Vox AC30 amplifier and cranking it up until your ears bleed. Read more…

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Iggy & The Stooges Drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, Dead At 64

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Scott Asheton, drummer for pioneering proto-punk hard rock band The Stooges, died Saturday, March 15th from a heart attack at the age of 64. “My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night” said Stooges singer and solo artist Iggy Pop on a post on Iggy & The Stooges Facebook page late Sunday. “Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton,” he continued, “He was like my brother.” Read more…

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A Very VH1 Classic New Year’s: Rockin’ Anthems To Ring In 2014!

The biggest party night of the year is here and you’re going to need some righteous jams to keep you rocking to midnight. While there aren’t that many classic rock songs specifically about New Years, there are a hell of a lot about partying down and knocking back a few cold ones and we know that is definitely on the menu tonight. I mean, your better half doesn’t honestly expect you to celebrate New Year’s Freakin’ Eve with some lame P!nk or Miley Cyrus tunes do they? What you need is some hot rockin’ songs to keep you and up and take things to the next level so here are some of the hottest classic rock party joints, seasonal or otherwise, to help you ring in 2014! Read more…


ACL 2012 Final Day: Rock Is Never Going Out Of Style As Long As Red Hot Chili Peppers And Iggy & The Stooges Are Around

At ACL Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy & The Stooges Prove Rock Will Never Die

Ultimately how a music festival closes on the last day for its 70,000 connoisseurs of music is how its success will be judged. Friday is perhaps a bit blurry, the rain possibly overshadowed Saturday’s performances, and then there’s Sunday—the final day of Austin City Limits, potentially the most memorable for fans. Ending the three day music extravaganza with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is how one properly concludes a festival.

Trekking across the park to Gary Clark Jr.’s show was much easier without the muddy grass Saturday’s rain created. After he blew us away with an incredible performance it’s easy to understand why he’s a rising star in the making. For “When My Train Pulls In” he worked the guitar like he was playing for his life. It didn’t matter that he didn’t start singing until nearly four minutes as long as he didn’t stop stringing that guitar. He’s so skilled he barely looked at the instrument during “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” which impressed pretty much everyone. His sound was a mix between rock, country and blues with a dose of GCJ flavor. With the help of his awesome band, “Don’t Owe You A Thang” inspired the crowd to clap along to the rhythm, shouting whenever they saw fit. Read more…